Moon & Warcraft Director’s Mute Finally Given The Green Light

Moon, Source Code and Warcraft director Duncan Jones (who’s now such a success in his own right, we don’t need to point out he’s David Bowie’s son to pique your interest… though we just did) is finally going to get to make a long-cherished sci-fi project, Mute. Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) are set to star, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

mute concept art

Mute concept art that Jones released years back

Jones has been talking about Mute as a potential project-after-next ever since Moon became a cult hit in 2009, and claims to have been working on it for over 12 years. Now Lotus Entertainment will sell and finance the sci-fi thriller, set to start shooting next year with Stuart Fenegan producing under his and Jones’ Liberty Film banner. Jones wrote the script with Mike Johnson.

Set in Berlin 40 years in the future, Mute is about a mute bartender (played by Skarsgard) whose girlfriend is kidnapped, leading to a search that takes him deep into the city’s underbelly and to a pair of American surgeons, one of who will be played by Rudd.

“I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we’re finally going to shoot this utterly unique film,” says Jones. “The fact that I get to make it with Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd makes it all the more exciting! Mute is a film that will last. It is unlike any other science fiction being made today.”

At one point, Jones was intending to set Mute in a shared universe with Moon, with Moon’s star, Sam Rockwell, making an appearance. “If I ever get to make Mute then Sam Rockwell would definitely be involved in that in some way,” he said in 2011. “There’s two different kinds of films I’m hoping to make over the years: things which I’ve written myself and things which other people bring me, but excite me. The ones that I write myself – if they’re science fiction – I’m going to try and make sure that those science fiction worlds are all one universe.”

Whether this is still the plan is unclear. Something to ask him in interviews for the next two years, perhaps?

There was also once a rumour that the main villains – the surgeons, presumably – could be played by a comedy double act. Well, Rudd’s not known as one half of Rudd & Blunder, but he was very funny in Ant-Man. Whatever the truth, it does sound as if Rudd could could be playing a very strange adversary.



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